As the concert industry began to open as well, Metallica Analyst James Hetfield He admitted that he was “somewhat skeptical” about getting a COVID vaccine. It turns out that the metal legend didn’t even receive any vaccinations as a child, for religious reasons.
In a recent conversation with Brutal Life podcast (translated by Blabbermouth), which focuses on hunting and weapons, asked Hetfield if Metallica plans to do some touring this year. He replied, “I have no clue. None of mine. That’s really up to everyone’s safety – not just the fans, but the crew and us. I’m not sure what the future holds as far as vaccines are concerned. I didn’t hesitate to get the vaccine, but it seemed like it would launch and get people and I had a lot of friends who did it. ”
He added, “I’m not sure at all. But I hope it doesn’t get to a point where you have to have that COVID stamp on your passport or whatever to go anywhere. But when it comes, I will decide then. We were vaccinated to get to Africa, so it wasn’t like I hadn’t been vaccinated before. But as a kid, I never got vaccines because of our religion [Christian Science]. So that was the only time I got one – when we were on safari in Africa. ”
Elsewhere in the conversation, Hetfield talked about Metallica’s follow-up progress until 2016 Hardwired… To Destroy Yourself. “We wrote a few songs,” he said. “So let’s see how many WE as before, and then we will put them. We are very selfish with that. ”
The singer also detailed the writing process, saying, “This time was a little different, for sure.’ Cause COVID, just sitting at home and a little antsy and feeling creative at the same time and wanting to be together, I started doing weekly Zooms with guys just to check in. And then I just told them for an hour, ‘Hey, I have something to write. I just have something to play and send it. of your guys. You do whatever you want with it and see what happens and wear it. ’That’s how we made a version of‘ Dark ’2020. I was just playing something. they’ve heard it before. They’ve played it. Then it’s kind of layered together. “
He continued, “Then we started experimenting with writing in Zoom. Lars [Ulrich] and I will gather, or Kirk [Hammett] and Lars, and we get a little time here and there writing. It’s hard because of the sound delay, so we can’t really play, but we’ll play a track on click and watch everyone play. We have a producer, who runs my computer while I play. He was running my computer from LA, and I was in Vail [Colorado]. And then there’s an assistant Lars running his computer from LA – he’s here in San Francisco – and we play, and it’s so weird. We started writing. We know – I don’t know – more than 10 songs like that. And then we met. There is so much you can do with Zoom. ”
Metallica is set to play two nights in 2021 Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, California, on Oct. 8 and 10. Other than that, they don’t have any other dates on their schedule right now.
Listen to James Hetfield’s show on Brutal Life podcast below.